Just got back from Scotland where I enjoyed 4 days of glorious weather. I stayed in Blair Atholl at the Atholl Arms which was very nice but most un-tent-like. Must upgrade my sleeping bag for next winter.
Day one - climbed Carn a' Chlamain and managed to find enough snow for some axe and crampon practice. Snow cover overall was very patchy and easily avoided unless like me you really wanted to play mountaineer.
Day two - set out with my sights on the 3 Beinn a' Ghlo munros but only managed Carn Liath. Very out of condition, especially south of the ankle, and a 3 mile walk in on tarmac didn't help! Scrounged a lift back to the hotel.
Day three - easy day. Five or six miles in trainers on the moors above Glen Banvie. Enjoyed the peace and views of surrounding big hills.
Day four - awesome day! Climbed Beinn Dearg via the corbett Beinn Mheadhonach, a route I highly recommend, although the walk out down Glen Banvie is loong! But the weather was clear and crisp, the scenery was drop dead gorgeous throughout, and I didn't see another soul all day. Beware the psycho pheasant of Glen Tilt though.
First pic is Carn a' Chlamain, second is approaching Beinn Dearg summit, third is the view from Beinn dearg looking towards the Cairngorms.